SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Washington Nationals left San Francisco feeling pretty good about themselves despite enduring their worst loss in more than a month.
That's because the Nationals, who lost Thursday's game 7-1 to the Giants, won the first three games of the series against the team with the best record in baseball.
"It's gratifying to play as well as we did in the first three," Washington manager Matt Williams said. "Today it kind of unraveled on us. To take three of four from these guys is pretty good."
Blake Treinen (0-3) remained winless at the major league level despite a 2.08 ERA. He gave up two runs and five hits in five innings.
Treinen, who replaced the injured Gio Gonzalez in the starting rotation, has pitched against tough competition. The four starters he's faced have combined for 14 opening day assignments.
"He's done well and is working hard at every aspect of the game," Williams said. "He has that power slider, which is his go-to pitch. Working on the development of his other pitches is what is important."
Treinen worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the fourth. A single and two walks put him in a dangerous situation. He struck out Ehire Adrianza and got Hudson to hit into a double play.
"I was happy to get out of that mess of an inning I got us in," Treinen said. "The strikeout was huge for me. With Hudson, I like my chances of getting the ground ball. It worked out."
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